- Mar 22, 2017
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- New England
Two General Motors employees learned a lesson the hard way this week when they were arrested for apparently “racing” two new C8 Corvettes in Kentucky.
The two engineers were jailed and the cars impounded by the Kentucky State Police.
"The two employees in question -- Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz -- were stopped by the Kentucky State Police on (and this isn't a joke) Lovers Lane for doing at least 67 mph in a 45 mph zone. Now, it's not clear if they were only going 67 or if that's just the threshold for the reckless driving charge, but we kind of doubt that was the case.
The reason that we doubt it was the case is that with 495 horsepower in its most basic form and a fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission, the C8 Corvette will hit 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. So, were they only doing 67, it would have had to have been a very short race indeed."
"According to Kentucky State Police, a trooper stopped Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz on the evening of Wednesday, January 8, on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green, for exceeding the posted 45-mph speed limit by more than 26 mph, reckless driving, and racing motor vehicles on a public road. Automobile has not yet been able to verify just how much higher than 71 mph the cars were traveling when police nailed them and hauled the drivers away. (Exceeding the speed limit by 26 mph is simply Kentucky's standard under its driver's license points system to trigger a hearing and a possible suspension; it does not mean the cars were clocked at precisely 71 mph, or 26 mph more than the posted 45-mph limit.) "